Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow
 Many people do not pay much attention to sparrows. They are not large like pelicans or fierce like raptors. They do not have the grace of herons or the bright color of warblers. They are often hard to identify and most people do not take the time to try. Fortunately the fox sparrow is pretty easy to identify.
Fox Sparrow
The fox sparrow is large, for a sparrow weighing in over one ounce which is twice as much as many of the other species of sparrows. There are 4 different subspecies that breed in northern Canada, Alaska and along the Pacific Coast. They winter in the southern United States. Here in the middle of the U.S. we usually only see them during migration. Most often they are seen on or near the ground where they are searching through the leaves foraging for insects. The bird in the first picture was photographed on April 1st. When we see them at that time of the year they are a happy sign that spring has come and summer will soon follow. the second photo was taken in mid October. When we see fox sparrow at that time of the year it is not such a happy occasion because it means that winter is right around the corner.


23 comments:

Gowri Saligram said...

Beautiful bird, this fox sparrow! I had never heard of it before.

It's funny what you say about warblers being colourful, because in India all the warbler species we have are either olive green or dull brown and are maddeningly difficult to identify. :)

Dana said...

Beautiful markings on that bird!

Happy Tuesday. ☺

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

One of the reasons I joined a birding class a long time ago was so that I could learn to identify the different kinds of birds people called LBJs (little brown jobs)...I knew they weren't all the same, but I could never figure out from my books which was which. The class helped some.

richies said...

The Fox Sparrow is a frequent visitor to my back yard.
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EG CameraGirl said...

I LOVE seeing fox sparrows here in spring and fall when they are migrating either north or south.

Roger Owen Green said...

foxy birdy!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

mick said...

Great photos of an interesting bird.

ewok1993 said...

what a handsome bird.

HansHB said...

As always, great photos!
Well done!

Wanda said...

I love little sparrows. This fox one is beautiful.

One of my favorite songs is "His Eye is on the Sparrow"..Heard Ethel Waters sing it in person years ago. She sang it also in Billy Graham's Crusades.

LONDONLULU said...

Sparrows are lovely for the very reason they're often overlooked. Beautiful photos to show this!

grammie g said...

I do like very much the Sparrows,your photos of the Fox Sparrow are great!!
Tree Sparrows are residence here..3 others in summer months!!
Grace

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Awe, just gorgeous these birds and your images! We only had 2 in the garden last month and nothing since~

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